Whose Park? Our Park!
The Massachusetts Avenue Park is PUSH’s largest single vacant-land development project in the Green Development Zone. After a year of community-led planning and a victorious grassroots campaign, PUSH activists persuaded the City of Buffalo to invest over a half million dollars in what had been the largest eyesore in the neighborhood.
Thanks to the activism and vision of GDZ residents, the park will transform from a dreary patch of pockmarked lawn and old equipment to a state-of-the-art recreation space.
A new play area is already complete near the main Massachusetts Avenue entrance. From there, paths will wind toward handball courts, a multipurpose paying field, and new basketball courts. A new entrance will open up on the far side of the park, creating a new productive use for yet another neighboring vacant lot, this one owned by the City. The park will also connect with two of PUSH’s refurbished garden lots.
The park is the largest publicly-owned green space in Buffalo’s densest neighborhood. Over 5,000 families live within walking distance, including 5,000 youth aged 14 and under. Fifteen agencies serving youth lie within walking distance of the park, including the neighboring Butler-Mitchell Boys & Girl’s Club. Its potential as a leading community meeting place is enormous.
The Healthy Neighborhood Park Concept Plan
Construction on Phase I of the Healthy Neighborhood Park Concept Plan, which was drafted in close consultation with neighborhood residents, is complete.
Phase II will begin in the fall of 2012 and be completed in 2013.
The schedule for Phase III will be worked out soon (stay tuned for further updates!):